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    TRANSFORMATION: Ararat’s Barkly Street breezeway has reopened to pedestrians following a series of upgrades including footpath and lighting improvements and exterior walls. Picture: AINSLEY CAMERON, NIGHT RAINBOW PHOTOGRAPHY

Ararat breezeway artworks enhance potential

Better footpath, lighting and exterior walls are among completed upgrades for Ararat’s Barkly Street breezeway. 

Artist Mike Makatron led the development of a mural, depicting iconic views, activities, and animals of the region.

Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said the improved space was one step closer to unlocking the ‘hidden potential’ of the existing laneway. 

“Undercover laneways make it easier for people to move about and improve the overall connectivity of the town,” he said.

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“It’s great to see local business owners support this renewal to help entice visitors to spend more time in Ararat CBD, while providing a safer and more vibrate space.

“Council staff and Melbourne-based artists have completed the first half of the upgrade; with new bluestone paving laid, a finished Grampians-
inspired mural, and newly installed festoon lighting as part of the Victorian Government’s COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund 2021.” 

The project is aimed at transforming Ararat into a safer, vibrant and more accessible town and enhancing existing works via the Alexandra Corridor Linkage Project. 

Phase two of the project will commence in August. It includes the installation of outdoor furniture, planter boxes, pot plants and a series of black boxes to form an outdoor gallery.

“Delivery for outdoor furniture and planter boxes is about six weeks away. Council staff will temporarily close off the laneway to get these installed,” Dr Harrison said.

“Next, council staff be installing display boxes on the wall of the laneway opposite the mural. This will form a laneway gallery that will showcase a revolving series of local artworks led by Ararat Gallery TAMA. 

“Having local artwork displayed in an open and accessible place may engage more people to spend time in town.” 

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